Meet the Team
Disclaimer: Jim refused to write his own bio, so this bio is written by climber/member Sam Schillo.
Jim Rott founded Montana’s second and Billings’ first climbing gym back in 2005 . He’s been co-owner / co-captain of the new STEEPWORLD flagship gym, along with Heath Lillie, since its launch in 2017. His enthusiasm and unwavering dedication to helping people find the right path has saved the lost souls of many who needed to know that the love of God is often best found in the love of nature. Jim has dedicated his life to helping people find that life is most exciting when they push themselves to their limit and discover one of God’s greatest blessings is in living a life of adventure.
I starting my rock climbing adventures in Billings, Montana on the rims over 20 years ago. Since then, climbing has taken me to some of the best climbing destinations around the United States and beyond to places like Mexico & Australia. Australia is the wildest climbing destination I’ve been, where kangaroos & koalas frequent the crags! To this day bouldering remains my favorite style. I am a co-owner at STEEPWORLD where I love to share this lifelong sport with others.
I’m a routesetter who is a Billings native and Montana State University alumni with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. In my glory days, I was a member of Steepteam and competed in climbing tournaments throughout the west in places like Boise, Sacramento,
and Salt Lake City. I enjoy climbing everything, campus moves, being called “PP,” leg day, wrestling, Kanye
West, and Tony. The craziest place I’ve ever climbed is Indian Creek near Moab, Utah and the wildest place I’ve ever been was Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey in 2016.
I was born in Philadelphia before moving back to Billings where the majority of my family lives. I then moved to Aberdeen, Scotland where I lived for 3 years while my dad went to school. It is the craziest place I have been! I moved back to Billings at the age of six and have been here ever since. I go to Senior High School, am interested in science and medicine, and am a piano teacher. I started climbing in November 2019 when I visited STEEPWORLD and fell in love with it. I enjoy the challenges and problem solving of climbing.
I was born in 2002 in Washington but moved to Billings when I was 3 years old. I started climbing during Covid and immediately knew that this is what I wanted to pursue. I now coach STEEPTEAM and set the best routes in the gym as well as all the normal stuff. The coolest place I’ve ever been is Joe’s Valley, UT, where I climbed the coolest boulders ever!
Hi, my name is Matt. I joined the STEEPWORLD Staff after moving with my wife from Oregon to Billings for her school. I’ve been climbing regularly since 2019. Most of my climbing has been indoors, so with the move to Billings, I am excited to get outdoors and climb a lot more. My real area of expertise lies in youth and adult programming which I have been leading since 2009. The majority of my experience comes from working at summer camps and non-profit organizations. I love climbing, swimming, boating, and basically all things outdoors. The most interesting place I have been was the town of Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic, where I played baseball for 10 days on a mission trip with my school.
I am originally from Denver, Colorado and moved to Montana in 2020 to study nursing. I moved to Billings in January 2022 and have been enjoying every minute. I have always had a passion for the outdoors and adventure that led me perfectly into climbing. I enjoy sport and trad climbing all around Montana. The most exotic place I’ve ever been was Peru.
I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2003, but have been raised here in Montana for most of my life. I have four younger siblings and enjoy a variety of activities. I do mixed martial arts and taekwondo, play the piano, and go backpacking with my family each summer. I also love to travel. The winter of my sophomore year of high school, my grandparents took my brother and I on a cruise to Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, and Antarctica! We saw whales, penguins, and massive ice floes. It was the most amazing experience of my life! I started climbing when I was about 10 years old. My family has spent many summers climbing and canyoneering the red rocks of south Utah. I started climbing indoors more often recently and have loved every second of it!
I’m originally from Richmond, Vermont but moved out to Montana in 2018 to pursue an education in flight nursing. After moving out here, I fell in love with the outdoors and started trying every outdoor sport I could get my hands on from mountain biking, to backpacking, and eventually to my first couple climbing trips on the Rims. I soon found STEEPWORLD and am stoked to continue my climbing adventure here. Travelling is a passion of mine and I’ve been lucky enough to experience places such as Iceland, Costa Rica, Denmark, and by far my favorite, Cuba.
I was born in Winnsboro, South Carolina and I grew up in and near Seattle, Washington. I have only been climbing on and off for the past couple years or so, but I thoroughly enjoy it. I moved here to Billings from Olympia about 4 years ago and I absolutely love it here. The most exciting place I have been is Cabo San Lucas where I was able to dive and swim in the beautiful waters they have there.
My name is Ben Walker and I have been climbing since I was around 12 years old. I have lived in a couple of states, but my favorite by far is Montana. I was born in Utah but spent almost all of my life in Detroit, Michigan and here in Billings, Montana. The most exciting place I’ve been was probably the Hiawatha Trail in Idaho, where you bike down an old trail that was once train tracks. One of the old tunnels was over 1 and a half miles long.